Crewe v Derby

09 August 2010 01:02
Crewe boss Dario Gradi is expected to name an unchanged side for the Carling Cup tie against Derby.Polish goalkeeper Bartek Fogler is still awaiting international clearance before he can finalise a short-term deal. [LNB]Derby will be without midfielder Paul Green, who has been named in the Republic of Ireland's squad for Wednesday's friendly against Argentina. [LNB]Defender Russell Anderson is expected to miss out with a groin injury. [LNB][LNB]Crewe Alex full-back Danny Blanchett told BBC Radio Stoke:[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "We watched Derby's game against Leeds on Saturday night and we know we will have to be ready for a quicker tempo. [LNB]"We're not afraid to be playing a Championship side as we played two Premier League clubs in the pre-season and did well against them. [LNB]"It's a good test for us all and hopefully the experience we gained against West Brom and Blackpool will help us." [LNB][LNB] MATCH FACTS Head-to-head[LNB]• Derby have won six and lost four of the 13 competitive meetings against Crewe, with three drawn. [LNB]• This is the first time the sides have met in the League Cup. [LNB][LNB] Have your say on the game Crewe[LNB]• The Railwaymen have reached the third round in three of the last six years, but have never gone beyond that stage. [LNB]• The last time Crewe eliminated a team from a higher division was when they beat Bristol City in the second round in August 2008. [LNB]Derby[LNB]• The Rams were knocked out in the first round by Rotherham a year ago, a season after reaching the semi-finals. [LNB]• Derby have lost their opening League Cup game in five of the last seven seasons. [LNB]• Manager Nigel Clough has two League Cup winners' medals as a player with Nottingham Forest (1989 and 1990).

Source: BBC_Sport


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